Pink sand beaches, moderate temperatures, welcoming hospitality, rich history, and friendly people, all beckon visitors to Bermuda. If you have been waiting for some good news, Bermuda has reopened for business! Most properties are open and welcoming visitors.
It has been a tough road for this small Caribbean country. After the turbulence of the past 18 months, Bermuda has weathered the storm and is coming back stronger than ever. With tourism being the second most important economic pillar in Bermuda’s economy, needless to say, the shutdowns hit hard. Most tourism comes from the US, followed by the UK and Canada, and the cruise industry accounts for almost half of all US tourism. So, with the shutdown of the cruise industry, along with the US, UK, and Canada, visitors were sparse, tourism dropped off, and the livelihood of Bermudians was severely tested.
Bermuda is ready to change the game and reclaim its place as a leading tourism destination.
- The L.F. Wade International Airport terminal officially opened in December 2020. Airlines have recently added new nonstop flights from various East Coast cities, along with London Heathrow, and Ponta Delgade, in the Azores.
- The much-anticipated St. Regis Bermuda, opened in May 2021, with Bermuda’s first casino.
- Several cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Viking are slated to make Bermuda a home port.
- From the Bermuda Tourism Authority, “Our message to vaccinated travellers in our key markets is that: We are open, safe, and nearby. We will woo them with improved airlift and significantly enhanced product offerings. From the launch of our innovative homeport cruise programme, to the resurgence of St. George’s, which welcomes a host of new cultural experiences, and the opening of our latest luxury property, The St Regis; the island will see investment in iconic hotel properties and experiences around the island.”
What to know, current safety protocols to meet in Bermuda:
There are strict testing and vaccination requirements in place to ensure a safe reopening. Visit the Bermuda Tourism Authority for details.
Visitors to Bermuda must be fully vaccinated, or endure a 14-day quarantine, upon arrival.
Masks are required indoors, unless eating or drinking.
Currently, a maximum of 30 people can gather together, indoors. The Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport may grant a Large Group Exemption permitting more than 30 persons to assemble, provided appropriate physical distancing is maintained and relevant guidelines are followed. Exemptions are subject to the standard large group conditions, including a limit of 50% capacity at any venue. You can review full guidelines on the Government of Bermuda website.
You will find some additional information on safe meeting protocols here.
If you are considering Bermuda for a 2022 event, and you should, you had better get started! You can expect space to be at a premium, as face-to-face meetings and incentive programs bounce back. I, for one, cannot wait.